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News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of October 1, 2001

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Elective Course Subject to Mandatory Curve: Correction.  Comparative Law is not subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses.  (The list of courses that are subject to the curve was published in the September 10 issue of the Record and is linked to this page.)

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy.  IITís General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the universityís obligation as a tax-exempt entity to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activities. This policy applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law School. Violation of the prohibition against such activity could jeopardize IITís tax-exempt status. While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT.  In no event may the name, symbols, or resources of the university be used to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for political office. Specific examples of impermissible activities include the use of university letterhead, campus mail, or IIT e-mail accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidates fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students.  First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners.  Registration packets will be available in the Registrarís office next month (watch for an announcement here).  The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2002.  Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $250 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year.  If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam.  The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain.  I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you pick up an application as soon as they are available and begin working on it. For more information, visit the bar examiners' web site at

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements.  Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrarís office and in my office. 

July 2002 Illinois Bar Application.  The July 2002 Illinois bar applications will be available in the Registrarís office office next month (watch for an announcement here).  Applications must be postmarked by Feburary 1, 2002Please note:  Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1.  If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate application packet, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet. For more information, visit the bar examiners' web site at

Joke of the Week.  Question:  How many narcissists does it take to screw in a light bulb?  Answer: One. He holds the bulb while the world revolves around him.

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